The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) compiled a comprehensive report giving details of whiplash compensation claims in the UK. Although whiplash claims are perceived to be the blight of anybody having to pay car insurance premiums, the Whiplash Report shows that this type of claim is actually in decline. In fact, whiplash related claims fell by 24,000 according to the Government’s statistics on Compensation Recovery.
Whiplash claims are all too often painted in a bad light; the media are quick to report on fraudulent claims leaving the public misinformed and frustrated with genuine whiplash claimants. It was for these reasons that APIL decided to set the record straight by conducting an independent survey of more than 4,000 people.
The survey results show that on average only one in a hundred people suffered from a whiplash injury last year, and out of those that did have such an injury almost 40% never claimed compensation for it.
Another interesting finding showed that people who have suffered from a whiplash injury are most likely to be encouraged to pursue a compensation claim by their insurers. Almost one third of respondents decided to pursue a claim themselves and 18% were encouraged to pursue a claim by friends or relatives. Law firms are often portrayed as the number one culprit when it comes to suggesting that injured victims claim compensation, yet, they actually only account for 21% of this encouragement.
To read the full APIL Whiplash Report 2012, click on the link below.
It’s important to make sure you’re aware of the symptoms of whiplash as often pain and tenderness don’t appear straight away after injury. A whiplash injury is usually caused by a sudden and violent movement of the head and the strain can take several months to heal. Other symptoms include:
- Neck pain and stiffness
- Pain when moving neck
- Back pain
- Pins and needles in arms and legs
- Blurred vision
If you would like to speak to a Solicitor about a Whiplash claim, please feel free to ring Express Solicitors free phone number on: 0845 456 4007
The information in this blog was taken from the APIL Whiplash Report 2012, more information about whiplash claims can be found on the APIL website: http://www.apil.org.uk/whiplash